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Hi, this is Michelle. A decision by Médecins Sans Frontières to terminate one of its most popular advocacy programmes has drawn strong reactions.

The UN is ramping up the pressure on Israel to ensure the safety of humanitarian staff and the WHO has raised the alarm about a deadly mutation of mpox in the Congo.

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Michelle Langrand


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Médecins Sans Frontières headquarters in Geneva, 4 April 2024. (Keystone/Martial Trezzini)

💉Hundreds decry closure of MSF unit that advocates for medical access. A letter from NGOs and former staff at Médecins Sans Frontières asked that a decision to shut down its Access Campaign be reversed, calling it “another setback to the already-shrinking patient activist and civil society space”.

Devex (EN)

🛑UN tells Israel it will suspend aid operations across Gaza without improved safety. The World Food Programme has already suspended aid delivery from a pier built by the United States to deliver aid to Palestinians.

Associated Press (EN)

🦠WHO urges swift response as DRC hit by mutated mpox strain. A surge in deaths this year from the virus, which is particularly deadly for children, has scientists worried.


👮🏻Brazilian police official wins crucial backing to become the next head of Interpol. If elected in November, Valdecy Urquiza would be the agency’s first secretary general not to come from the US or Europe.

Associated Press (EN)

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